Thursday November 12 2015
Siblings produce a thriller film By ROBYN BRISTOW
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A North Canterbury brother and sister combination have produced a feature length film Demons Don’t Knock which could soon be featuring in the South by South West Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The psychological thriller/horror film, which features locations in the Hurunui district, including the former Queen Mary Hospital site in Hanmer Springs, is the result of three years of patient filming by Leah and Daniel Perriam. Queen Mary was used during and after World War 1 for injured returning soldiers and those suffering shellshock and was a ‘‘remarkable place’’ to be able to film, says Daniel. ‘‘It is full of atmosphere and given the stories we heard from the locals, it made us wonder if those lost souls were still walking the corridors. Filming there at night was frightening,’’ he says. ‘‘Demons Don’t Knock’’ is inspired by a true story and is ‘‘good enough for release in theatres around America,’’ according to American Entertainment Lawyers Ada and Zach who are talking to Blumhouse Productions, the producers of films such as Paranormal Activity, to try to get them to watch it. Daniel studied acting at the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama while Leah has acted in short films and was voted the best actress in the Christchurch 24hour film contest in 2011. Both had small parts in Hope and Wire, a film about the devastation in Christchurch following the February, 2011 earthquake. Daniel and Leah have taken the challenges of producing a quality self funded film and turned them into
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People looking for an affordable first home have a golden opportunity with two state houses in the Hurunui district recently listed for sale. Housing New Zealand is offering the two houses for sale under a home ownership initiative to help eligible buyers to afford selected properties being sold across the country. Both properties are threebedroom homes in the Hurunui district one in Waiau on a large 1209 squaremetre section and listed for sale at $160,000, the other in Cheviot on 1011 square metres and listed at $180,000. To help with the deposit, eligible buyers receive a grant of 10 percent of the purchase price of the property, capped at $20,000. Housing New Zealand asset manager Ryan Young says the initiative is designed to support firsthome buyers
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opportunities. ‘‘The story is the most important component to creating a successful film followed by the acting and then the technical aspects. ‘‘Given our limited resources, instead of putting all our funds into a three week shoot, we bought our own top quality gear and filmed over three years to obtain stunning feature film quality. The test screening reactions have been incredible.’’ says Daniel.
Leah says she has always had a ‘‘dream of making a successful feature film’’. ‘‘However my world changed when I developed a rare seizure disorder. I was devastated that if this couldn’t be controlled then I could not have achieved what I wanted. Now that I’m well the film we have made is a story we felt compelled to tell. Fortunately films in the horror/ psychological thriller genre can be very successful without established stars,’’ she says.
Affordable first homes on offer By DAVID HILL
Covering Hurunui, Waimakariri & Kaikoura
Demons Don’t Knock . . . A scene filmed in the former Queen Mary Hospital grounds.
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achieve their dream of home ownership. It is most suitable for people with modest incomes who can afford to make regular mortgage repayments, but have difficulty saving for a deposit, he says. ‘‘People who have previously owned a home may also be eligible for the initiative if their financial situation is similar to that of a firsthome buyer.’’ Mr Young says these listings present a fantastic opportunity for firsthome buyers in North Canterbury. ‘‘It is wonderful to be able to offer these homes for sale to first home buyers. This can really help more New Zealanders achieve their dream of owning their own home.’’ Eligible buyers will receive a grant of up to 10% of the purchase price to use towards their deposit and they may also be eligible for other first home ownership assistance, such as a Welcome Home Loan and the KiwiSaver
firsthome deposit subsidy and/or savings withdrawal. ‘‘If you are eligible, you can combine these with the FirstHome grant to help you buy a FirstHome property.’’ As of November 2 this year, 259 properties have been sold through the FirstHome programme around New Zealand. More than $2.7 million in FirstHome grants have been paid out to these FirstHome buyers. Throughout New Zealand, 35 houses are listed with or in the process of being signed up with real estate companies to be placed on the market. Mr Young says the scheme has been very successful around the country and playing a part in helping families own their own home is very rewarding. To find out more, view the listings at: http://www.hnzc.co.nz/buyingahouse/ firsthomeproperties/propertylistings 1/canterburyregion.
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on the regeneration of your city Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill Christchurch – Parliament needs you to have your say about a proposed 5-year plan to regenerate your city. The Bill aims to shift Christchurch from recovery to regeneration. The Bill supports a collaborative approach between central and local government, with regeneration planning open for public discussion. A new transitional organisation, Regenerate Christchurch, would be established. It would focus on certain areas of Christchurch (such as the residential red zones), but after June 2021 a new council-led organisation would be set up in its place. Read the Bill at: www.legislation.govt.nz. You can submit your thoughts to Parliament’s Local Government and Environment Committee on the Parliament website, or you can post your submission to: LGE Committee, Level 10 Bowen House, Parliament Buildings, WELLINGTON 6160. Submissions close 4 December 2015. Please mention REF#REGEN. NB: your submission will be shared on the Parliament website, so please separate your contact details from your submission. For more information: (04) 817 9523 or LGE@Parliament.govt.nz Follow us: www.facebook.com/localgovtenvironment